I’m Still Here

EDITOR’S NOTE: (re-posted from: https://womenspiritualpoetry.blogspot.com/2018/06/i-am-still-here-by-janavi-held.html) This was composed by a very gifted and beautiful soul: a regular contributor to our poetry project, and dear friend of mine, Janavi Held, whose life is gradually being taken from us by an incurable illness. She has been suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Internal Adhesions for six painful…

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Book Giveaway

❣️BOOK GIVE AWAY!!!❣️ ❣️Dear Friends, We are giving away a hardcover copy of Janavi’s beautiful book of poetry and photography to draw attention to the fundraiser. She is seriously ill and needs your help. To enter please give a donation of any amount or if you are unable, please share this post with as many…

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Saving Janavi

https://www.gofundme.com/saving-janavi I am taking care of my sister Janavi who has been ill and in terrible pain for 6 years.  Her condition has been diagnosed as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Internal Adhesions.  When she came to live with me two years ago she weighed 97 pounds.  We improved her diet and her weight peaked…

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Broken

Broken Too fragile for animation, sentience, breathing. Inside walls of bones everything shatters, infinitely. A discovery of old roots traps my present tense heart which weighs a burden of foul words. It has known too much- it breaks at night and smiles brashly to the daylight not showing its broken curves. And that scale, sinking…

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Hammond House’s 2017 INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE: Both of my entered poems where short listed. The theme of the competition was ETERNAL

Some months ago I entered 2 of my poems into Hammond House’s  2017 INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PRIZE. The theme of the competition  was ETERNAL Both of my poems where short listed. You can pre-order a copy of the anthology  created with all the winning and shortlisted poems here: https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-competition-results To see the list of winners https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/online-store/ETERNAL-Award-Winning-Poetry-p97059266 For…

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Review by Anita Neilson

Letters to My Oldest Friend by Janavi Held (Goodreads Author) Anita Neilson‘s review Nov 04, 2017 This is simply glorious. The words flow gently across the page in a waterfall of despair and hope, grief and faith, pain and joy. Together with beautifully crafted photographs of the natural world, it is a wonderful, precious undertaking.…

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Memory

  I’ve walked so far and gotten nowhere. I contain endless memories yet I own nothing. My heart knows the falling out the falling down the falling away it remembers breaking and dreams of ascending and the endless labors which daily life is famous for. Titanic, lying memories forfeiting time lay in shards at my…

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I wish I had Wings

I wish I had wings I’d leave this prison of gravity behind and go up and up grazing the tops of dazzling green trees swaying in the wind I’d soar through the mists of bright clouds breathing in freedom and moist particles of fog and rain I’d turn my face to the sun warm warming…

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The Land

The land- she does not know ownership nor boundaries languages nor skin moving where she will inside or out of our impositions she takes the sun from all corners and the rain from all directions. ~ Janavi Held © 2017

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Time Unhinged

Video with spoken poetry below   Time Unhinged Dreamt of exterminated images, and forgotten doubts, of unhinged time with the hollow of silent bones thundering in the wake of restless flowers. Blinded by a vigilant morning I enter the mists of loneliness seeking laughter and daydreams (to counter the emptiness) too long for counting these…

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It’s raining

It’s raining I sit where I love to be in the half light melting into the starving earth leaves glow mirrors reflect everything I think I see. ~ Janavi Held © 2017

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“Letters to My Oldest Friend” is now available on Amazon

Purchase now on Amazon Reviews In praise of Letters to My Oldest Friend Like many God-inspired poets of India’s Bhakti or devotional past (Mirabai and Chandidas come easily to mind), Janavi Held—writer, photographer, cineaste, observer of small miracles—chronicles the arrhythmia of a heart in love with Divinity. Letters to My Oldest Friend is a revelation.…

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Monsoon Dreams

  Monsoon Dreams Bleached and tattered bark of tree leaves mired in wild wind endless sights of fragrant meadows transparence filtering flying pollen and wet laden clouds with white and gray monsoon dreams inside atoms resides the restless Master playing in a forest of His own making. Janavi Held © 2017 My book of poetry…

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“Letters to My Oldest Friend” is now available on Amazon in hardcover & the softcover is available for pre-order

Purchase now on Amazon Reviews In praise of Letters to My Oldest Friend Like many God-inspired poets of India’s Bhakti or devotional past (Mirabai and Chandidas come easily to mind), Janavi Held—writer, photographer, cineaste, observer of small miracles—chronicles the arrhythmia of a heart in love with Divinity. Letters to My Oldest Friend is a revelation.…

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Divine Names

Divine Names Your divine Names wander into my words my open mouth drinking that temptation is utterly fed here sitting under another spring sky. We have been together for so long yet, during the cold, wet winter I forgot to be happy forgot the feeling of Your warm air on my skin and how Your…

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